I came across Korean artist Jung Lee on Design Milk, which featured an article about Lee a few years back. The article was featured work from two of her series, “Day and Night” and “Aporia” (“coming to a dead end”), which were being displayed in Dubai for the first time a few years ago.

Says Design Milk:

The Aporia series was inspired by Roland Barthes’s A Lover’s Discoursem which tells the story of the ineptitudes of people in love. According to Barthes, when one falls in love the beloved becomes a mystery and one will ceaselessly try to figure out the reasons for their mysterious feelings. The desire to express one’s love produces lies and conflicts leading to a dead end. For Lee, those empty phrases reveal the solitude and sorrow of modern people today.

In the works entitled Day and Night, Lee focused on ‘God’ and ‘Love’ as the two main words reflecting her interpretation of Dante’s Divine Comedy where he highlighted the belief that true faith and love would lead you to heaven. Lee produces a cluster of those “divine” words and places them floating over the sea as reproductions or in a heap, demonstrating one’s desire to salvation. Thus Lee’s constructed photographs evoke amorous intensity with a coolness that enables the viewers to find their own way into this world, to have their memories stirred, to consider what it means to be alive in time.1

Although this exhibition is already a few years old, the intension behind both the Aporia Series and Day and Night are just as relevant today as they were during the beginning of their creation in 2010.

Aporia and Day and Night Series by Jung Lee

Aporia and Day and Night Series by Jung Lee

Aporia and Day and Night Series by Jung Lee

Aporia and Day and Night Series by Jung Lee

Aporia and Day and Night Series by Jung Lee

1: Neon Type Installations in Nature by Jung Lee

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  • This is such an inspiration, very lovely and then with the touch of nature- they bring life to the words. Keep in touch. xoxo

  • Cat

    I looooove this! I’d love to be able to take photographs like this. x

  • I love this, thank you so much for sharing! Very inspirational indeed :)

  • Ooh I really like this – the neon is so stark against the natural scenery but almost fits in with the wintery feel.

  • soo creative! I love this so much, thank you for sharing x

  • yesss I love this work so much! so inspirational!

    Meg, Optical Intake

  • Very beautiful yet with a hint of sadness that it makes it even better- thanks for sharing!


  • :ooo i saw his work everywhere in tumblr! i always wonder who made em. so artistic and beautiful yet there’s this eerie feel about them. thanks so much for sharing!

    xx http://tanaditya.co.vu

  • Oh wow! These are so incredibly beautiful! They have such a strong, mysterious aura to them and I love it! I hadn’t seen this work before, so I agree with the others–thank you for sharing this! xx

    <(') Hoda | JooJoo Azad

  • Amazing! I love how the darkness in each one of these is highlighted by the neon signs…such a unique form of art!

  • This is so hauntingly beautiful! Thanks for sharing Jung Lee’s gorgeous artwork!

    <3 Kelsea | Kels Shark

  • Oh wow, this is simply amazing and beautiful, just, wow. Thank you for this Rae.

  • Stripes n Vibes

    Awesome idea, looks so sophisticated!




  • This is both haunting and beautiful. Thanks for the link Rae – definitely the most stunning thing I’ve seen in a long while!

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

  • Those are great photos! So beautiful and innovative, sends such a message than just having those letters float in space.
    Thanks for sharing